Norwegian government goes green all over
Norway is to extend its pilot "green state" scheme, launched in 1998, to encourage environmentally friendly practices and purchasing across the entire government system, environment minister Børge Brende announced yesterday (EED 07/06/01). "By setting environmental standards for suppliers and products," he said, "the government can bolster environmental work in the business sector while prodding the market... towards a cheaper and better range of 'eco-friendly' products." About 350 local and central government bodies and departments, which together purchase goods and services totalling NKr75bn (euros 9.7bn) annually, have until 2005 to implement the scheme. See press release.